(DCWatchdog.com) – As Ukraine marks three weeks of non-stop Russian bombardment, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on United States President Joe Biden to be “the leader of peace.”
Addressing Congress in a live video call, Zelensky turned his attention to Biden, “Today, it is not enough to be the leader of the nation. Today, to be the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.”
He continued his remarks, saying, “Peace in your country doesn’t depend anymore only on you and your people. It depends on those next to you; on those who are strong.”
Zelensky also highlighted that “Strong doesn’t mean big,” instead, he said, it meant being brave and “ready to fight for his citizens and citizens of the world.”
This time, the Ukrainian called on the U.S. to sanction Russia’s economy and its politicians.
Emphasizing that “peace is more important than income,” Zelensky also encouraged lawmakers to advise constituents to terminate businesses from the Russian market and stop importing Russian goods.
He also reiterated statements that more than Ukraine is at stake with the war with Russia, “Today, the Ukrainian people are defending not only Ukraine. We are fighting for the values of Europe and the world. To provide our lives in the name of the future.”
Then, after showing images of the death and destruction Ukraine had incurred through Russian bombing, Zelensky made an impassioned plea to Biden.
His call with Congress comes as more than 3 million Ukrainian women and children have fled the country in a span of three weeks. It also marks statistics released by the United Nations that reveal an estimated 636 civilians, including 50 children, have been killed as fighting spreads to every corner of Ukraine.